The Waste360 Top 100 ranks the largest waste and recycling firms in North America based on 2015 revenues.
Industry behemoth Waste Management remains at the top of the list based on 2015 revenues of close to $13 billion. Republic Services remains no. 2 on the list based on 2015 revenues of $9.1 billion.
Waste Management’s figure was actually down about $1 billion from 2014, based in part on its divestiture of Wheelabrator assets that closed in late 2014. That decline also contributed to the fact that the combined revenue for the 10 largest companies fell from $37.2 billion in 2014 to $36.9 billion in 2015.
Both Stericycle and Recology posted double-digit percentage gains in revenue. Stericycle’s revenues were up 16.8 percent in 2015, while Recology posted a 12.8 percent gain.
Overall, eight of the top 10 companies in the list posted more than $1 billion in revenues. The list will look a bit different shortly, once the proposed merger between Waste Connections and Progressive Waste Solutions closes. Based on 2015 revenues, the combined firm would rank third on this list.
The top 10 firms combined for $37.2 billion. Those 10 companies alone accounted for just more than 80 percent of the total revenues of the entire top 100 (roughly $46 billion). If you include the next 10 firms on the list, the top 20 companies in the Top 100 posted $41.1 billion in revenues in 2014—roughly 89 percent of the list’s total.
Methodology: This ranking consists of firms that have collection or long-haul fleets, own or operate processing or disposal sites or are, in some way, involved with the handling/processing of solid waste or recycling. We collected some companies’ revenue numbers by reviewing annual reports. Other firms provided us data via an online form. The form was publicized through dedicated email blasts to our subscription and promotion lists as well as our daily e-newsletter. A link to the survey also was featured on the Waste360.com homepage. While we strive to make the Waste100 the most comprehensive list of the industry’s largest solid waste and recycling firms, we recognize that not every firm provides us data. If your firm should be included in this year’s list, but hasn’t been, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be included in the online version of the ranking.